When you go hunting, you have to make sure that you pack everything that you need. There’s nothing quite so frustrating as a long hike and setting up your base only to find that you’ve forgotten something essential. Hunting can be exhausting, and if you’re on your first hunting trip, it can be hard to know what is necessary to bring with you.

Most experienced hunters know exactly what to pack because they have learned through trial and error. First-timers don’t have the luxury of experience, so here is a quick guide on what you need to bring.

Remember these basics and your hunting experience will be much more fun and satisfying.

Water

If there’s one thing that everyone agrees on, it’s that you’re going to need to pack plenty of water. This is the single most important thing to remember. Consider the length of your trip and plan the water quantity that you’ll need for that length of time. Look for ways to make your water supplies take up less room in your packing.

First Aid Essentials

Not only can accidents happen at any time, but hunting and hiking can also often result in blisters and minor scrapes and bumps. A first aid kit is vital, and even the most basic kit should include:

  • Band-aids in various sizes
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Hand sanitizer

The Right Clothing

Even if you’re hunting in a state with more predictable weather, only the most foolish of hunters will fail to pack warm, rain-proof, and comfortable clothing. No matter what time of year you plan to hunt, make sure that you bring along some of the best cold weather hunting clothes. A lot of hunting is sitting in one place and waiting, and the weather can change at any time. If you want to stay comfortable, the right clothing is vital.

Hunting License

You’re going to need your hunting license on you at all times, so make sure that you have it somewhere on your person that’s easy to get to. It’s a good idea to keep your license protected in a plastic bag to protect it from rain or snow. Keep all of your documents safe and you’ll run less risk of falling foul of an illegible license.

A Headlamp

If you’ve ever tried to dress an animal in the dark, then know that it’s not a very easy thing to do. A headlamp can be a very useful addition to your hunting gear, and not just for animal dressing either. If you have a long hike back to your car at night, or if you have an emergency situation to deal with, a headlamp can make it much easier to travel safely. Modern headlamps for hunters are often so light and comfortable that you can even forget that they’re on your head.

These are the basics that you’re going to need. However, this is simply a starting point. Make sure that you plan your trip and your packing well. From tools to light fires to a good knife, there’s plenty to remember on your first hunting trip. Remember, you need your hunting pack to contain everything that you need to survive in the wild.

Take your time to plan what you need to bring with you and your hunting experience will be much more satisfying.